We were treated to an amazing sunset this Christmas evening, which we watched from our balcony.






Today was a beautiful, sunny day in Florida!  We are staying at the cheesy Thunderbird Resort, complete with a balcony and a great view of the Gulf. We had no plans for the day except to wander around the beach, enjoy the good weather, and celebrate Christmas in a way that we've never experienced before.  It was great!  It did feel weird to wear shorts and a t-shirt on Christmas, and we did get to see two Santas playing shuffleboard on the beach!


Christmas Eve was spent traveling from New Orleans to Treasure Island, Florida where we will be staying for two nights for Christmas.  No newsworthy photos today, but I thought this photo from a tunnel in Mobile, Alabama was pretty neat :)


Today was our last day in New Orleans, and then we'll be driving to the Florida Gulf coast to spend Christmas! 
We took the St, Charles streetcar again, but this time we got off in the CBD Warehouse District and went to the World War II museum.  It was an incredible museum with tons of great memorabilia and interesting displays (including boats that were made in New Orleans).  
We also went next door to the Contemporary Museum of Art, where we were puzzled by some pieces and intriqued by others.  It wasn't a huge museum, but it was worth the $3 admission fee!


In the evening, we caught the free Algiers Ferry and rode it across the Mississippi for a great view of the city.  I messed up a photo by accident, but ended up liking it and taking several more "messed up" photos!

12.22.10 - Lafayette Cemetary



Today we walked through the French Quarter and caught the historic Charles Street streetcar to the Garden District. We explored the Lafayette Cemetary, where there literally was vegetation growing from every little crack in the stones.  The caskets are sealed above ground in tombs because the water table is so high.  The tombs and the overgrowth made the cemetary seem much older than it is -- we saw one tombstone that was engraved this year.
We got lunch and walked through some old streets with beautiful old homes and took the streetcar back to the French Quarter where we visited the Lousiana State Museum.


We began our first day in New Orleans by exploring the French Quarter.  We visited the Katrina museum, the St. Louis cathedral, and wandered by the Mississippi River.  We ate delicious Creole food and leisurely strolled the streets of the Quarter.


We arrived in New Orleans!  After a long drive from San Antonio, we crossed the Mississippi and camped our first night in the Bayou Segnette State Park, about a 20 minute drive southwest of the city.


We left Las Cruces and drove east to a state park outside of San Antonio, Texas in the hill country.  We went on a quick run just as the sun was setting and the moon was rising -- I'm kicking myself for not taking my camera along with us during the run because the moonlight was incredible!


Today we left Albuquerque after spending some time with Chris's family. We headed south to Las Cruces, New Mexico where we met up with our old friend Gordon.
We borrowed a couple of bikes from his stash and visited the local brewery.



Today we began our journey.  Four weeks from now, we will have traveled to Albuquerque, Las Cruces, San Antonio, New Orleans, St. Petersburg, the Everglades, Atlanta, Savannah, Charleston, Nashville, Hot Springs National Park, and Dallas!!
We are excited and anxious to begin our trip!  Today we stopped in Moab for lunch and a four mile run on a dirt road and a gorgeous view of the Lasal Mountains.
Chris and I are planning to post here every day or so during our trip -- so if you're not planning any special trip this Christmas break, feel free to live vicariously through us :)